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Parade Foundation steps up for 69th, NYPD, FDNY

New York St. Patrick's Day Parade Foundation Chairman, Hilary Beirne. Photo by Dominick Totino.

By Irish Echo Staff

The St. Patrick's Day Foundation, the fundraising arm for New York's City's annual parade, wants to help those who makeup such an important part of the parade - that being the 69th Regiment, the NYPD, and the FDNY.

In a release, Foundation chairman Hilary Byrne said: "The men and women of the "Fighting 69th", the F.D.N.Y. and the N.Y.P.D. are today on the front lines, fighting an unseen enemy in the form of Covid-19 and they are doing an amazing job.

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"They deserve our applause, our support, and any help we can give them.

"Sadly, we know, some will not be with us after this pandemic; however, their presence will always be felt and they will continue to march with us in spirit!

"Like 911, the 69th has been called to join the fight against Covid-19. Members are deployed at multiple test sites, food distribution sites, hospitals, and other locations throughout New York City. Soldiers have lost family members to COVID 19, members have tested positive, and 31 soldiers are currently under quarantine.

"Support members of the 69th regiment affected by Covid-19 by donating to the Sixty-ninth Infantry Regiment Historical Trust, a 501-(c)-3, not-for-profit organization. You may donate directly to the 69th Historical Trust here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GAQWWT4ZUXQMW&source=url

"You may also mail a check payable to Sixty-ninth Infantry Regiment Historical Trust, Attention: Col. James Tierney Ret, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010. If you have questions, email Col. James Tierney at jt@jptierney.com

"The men and women of the FDNY bravely answer calls for help day and night. EMS members are currently responding to unprecedented number of medical emergencies each day. Please consider donating Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) or assist the families of members affected by COVID-19 by donating to FDNY COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND. Donations of P.P.E. can be sent directly to; The FDNY Ceremonial Unit, Attention: Lt Joe LaPointe, 135 General Berry Drive, Fort Totten, Bayside, Queens 11359. Email contact: joseph.lapointe@fdny.nyc.gov.

"Donation can be made to FDNY Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department. Donations will directly support members and their families who are suffering from this pandemic. Help support those brave men and women on the front line of this battle. If you have questions, please contact the FDNY Foundation at (718) 999-0779 or info@fdnyfoundation.org. To donate to The FDNY COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND go to https://www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/

"COVID-19 RESPONSE- Help protect the officers of the NYPD who are on the front lines. The NYC Police Foundation, a 501-(c)-3, not-for-profit organization is spearheading an emergency effort to secure supplies and other resources that the NYPD needs at this critical time. The Foundation wants to purchased masks, gloves and packets of hand sanitizer for police officers on the front lines protecting the public during the Coronavirus pandemic.

"Donations from the public can be referred to Captain Brighid O'Neil at Brighid.Oneil@NYPD.Org and one should cc: Sergeant Bryan Delarosa at Bryan.Delarosa@NYPD.Org Emails should specify the name of the organization donating (if applicable) along with the quantity and a complete description of the equipment. Please send photos of the actual equipment for donation and the best point of contact.

"Monetary donation should be directed to the Police Foundation who will then purchase PPE and other needed items. Visit https://www.nycpolicefoundation.org/covid19/ to donate online or mail a check to New York City Police Foundation, Inc. 555 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017 or call 212.751.8170.

"All organizations listed in this email are 501-(c)-3, not for profit organizations, so your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law."